Southern Football Netball League

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Southern Football Netball League
South football netball league.png
FormerlySouth East Suburban Football League
Sport Australian rules football
Founded1963;59 years ago (1963)
No. of teams36
Level on pyramid4
Relegation toDivision 2
Division 3
Division 4
Official website sfnl.com.au

The Southern Football Netball League is an Australian rules football league, based in the south and south eastern suburbs of Melbourne, Victoria, for both seniors and juniors.

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History

The South East Suburban Football League was formed in 1963 as a merger of the Caulfield Oakleigh District Football League with the East Suburban Football League after a number of its clubs moved to the Croydon Ferntree Gully FL (now Eastern Football League).

When the Federal Football League folded at the end of 1981, the SESFL had twenty clubs. After the addition of all but one of the Federal clubs for 1982, the league had a 16 team A grade, and a 12 team B grade competition. The league twice tried 3 divisions but the idea was later dropped as clubs left or folded.

In a major project in 1991, the league underwent a major revamp of its administration and opted to employ a full-time administrator and staff to manage the league's affairs. The League's administration along with its member clubs undertook a far-reaching corporate planning programme to map out future directions and objectives. The extra manpower allowed the elevation of League and club standards and the improved marketability of attracting the corporate sponsorship that modern football now required to keep the organisation afloat. Much of this work was completed by early 1992 and it was decided that a new name would be required to flow on from the work already achieved. The Southern Football League was adopted to show that a new professionalism was running football in the southern suburbs.

The league had another major change in 1993, when it absorbed the Eastern Suburbs Churches Football Association. The newly merged league began in 1993 with around 50 clubs playing 5 divisions, though this had dropped to 28 clubs in 3 divisions by 2002 due to clubs folding, merging, or moving to other competitions. [1]

In April 1997, the Southern Football Show began on Optus Vision's Localvision channel, covering the weekly news of the league. [2] [3] It moved to Channel 31 Melbourne the following year. This program soon became known as the Southern Footy Show. It later expanded its scope to become the Local Footy Show, covering many Melbourne leagues until 2011.

In the new millennium, the league grew slightly with the addition of the Southern Dragons in 2009, Endeavour Hills in 2011 and Hallam in 2012. The Dragons returned to the VAFA after the 2012 season, [4] but the revival of Carrum Patterson Lakes FC in 2013 after almost 20 years in recess kept the league at 31 clubs. [5]

The 2014 SFL third division seniors grand final was called off after a brawl broke out between players and supporters. The game in which Mount Waverley was taking on Carrum Patterson Lakes. A police spokeswoman said supporters started heckling one of the teams as it left the ground at half-time. A fight broke out and one person was treated in hospital. The game was called off when one of the teams refused to return to the field." [6]

In 2015, acknowledging the netball part of the competition, the league changed its name to Southern Football Netball League. [7] The 2015 season was also a time when the Southern Dragons went into recess.

In 2016 Port Melbourne Colts transferred in from Western Region Football League, and Lyndhurst FC fielded a senior side for the first time. [8]

2017 saw the introduction of women's football.

The inclusion of 3 clubs enabled the league to have 4 men's divisions for 2018.

Premiers

YearDivision 1Division 2Division 3Division 4Division 5Women's Div 1Women's Div 2
1992Noble ParkCheltenham
1993East BrightonCheltenhamMurrumbeenaSouth YarraMoorabbin West
1994Noble ParkCaulfieldSt Kilda CitySyndal-Tally HoCarrum Downs
1995ParkdaleCheltenhamChelsea HeightsDoveton EaglesLyndale
1996Noble ParkAshwoodHighettCheltenham Assumption
1997Noble ParkBalwynBox Hill PioneersLyndale
1998BalwynSt Kilda CityHeathertonMt Waverley Catholics
1999BalwynMordiallocNorth Kew
2000BalwynChelsea HeightsLyndale
2001ClaytonAshwoodTooronga Malvern
2002St Kilda CityEast BrightonHampton
2003 Balwyn Murrumbeena Canterbury
2004 East Brighton Highett Black Rock
2005 Balwyn St Kilda City Moorabbin
2006 Clayton Heatherton Parkmore
2007St Kilda CitySpringvale District Black Rock
2008St Pauls Dingley South Yarra
2009St Kilda City Heatherton Skye
2010St Kilda CityClaytonHampton
2011St Pauls Highett Southern Dragons
2012 East Brighton East Malvern Moorabbin
2013St Pauls Bentleigh Doveton Eagles
2014 East Brighton Mordialloc Match abandoned
2015 Dingley Oakleigh DistrictsBlack Rock
2016DingleyPort Melbourne ColtsMount Waverley
2017DingleyChelsea HeightsDoveton EaglesMurrumbeena
2018St Paul'sHighettSpringvale DistrictsCerberusMurrumbeenaClayton
2019DingleyDoveton EaglesHampton ParkSouth YarraEndeavour HillsLyndale
2020 Competition suspended Competition suspended Competition suspended Competition suspended Competition suspended Competition suspended
2021 Competition suspended Competition suspended Competition suspended Competition suspended Competition suspended Competition suspended
2022CranbourneChelsea HeightsBlack RockLyndhurstEndeavour HillsBlack Rock

South East Suburban FL premiers

YearA1 GradeA2 Grade
1963Murrumbeena
1964Mount Waverley
1965Glen Iris
1966East BrightonKooyong
1967KooyongSandown
1968BurwoodSt Bedes Old Collegians
1969CanterburyEast Malvern
1970BurwoodHawthorn District
1971Hawthorn DistrictSt Kilda City
1972CanterburySandown
1973East BrightonAshburton
1974MurrumbeenaCarnegie
1975CarnegiePort Colts
1976East BrightonSouth Melb Dist
1977AshburtonBeaumaris
1978AshburtonTooronga-Malvern
1979BurwoodGlen Iris
1980AshburtonSt Kilda City
1981AshburtonEast Hawthorn
1982ClaytonEast Hawthorn
1983Noble ParkSouth Melb Dist
1984ClaytonParkdale
1985Noble ParkTooronga-Malvern
1986Noble ParkHighett West
1987Noble ParkAshburton
1988Caulfield-AshburtonEast Brighton
1989BalwynParkdale
1990Noble ParkTooronga-Malvern
1991East BrightonCanterbury

Current Clubs (2023 season)

Division 1

ColoursClubNicknameLocation GroundWebsiteYears in CompSFL Premierships
Bentleigh football club colors.jpg
Bentleigh DemonsBentleigh Reserve, Bentleigh Official Site 1993-Div 2: 2013
Bentleigh football club colors.jpg
Chelsea Heights DemonsBeazley Reserve, Chelsea Heights Official Site 1993-Div 2: 2000, 2017, 2022
Div 3: 1995
Cheltenham football club colors.jpg
Cheltenham RosellasCheltenham Reserve, Cheltenham Official Site 1982-Div 2: 1992, 1993, 1995
Cranbourne football club colors.jpg
Cranbourne EaglesLivingston Reserve, Cranbourne East Facebook 2022-Div 1: 2022
Dingley football club colors.jpg
Dingley DingoesSouter Oval, Dingley Official Site 2007-Div 1: 2015, 2016, 2017, 2019
Div 2: 2008
Mordialloc football club colors.jpg
Mordialloc BloodhoundsBen Kavanagh Reserve, Mordialloc Facebook 1988–Div 2: 1999, 2014
Port Melbourne Colts football club colors.jpg
Port Melbourne ColtsJL Murphy Reserve, Port Melbourne Facebook 1975-80, 2016-A2 1975
Div 2: 2016
Springvale Districts football club colors.jpg
Springvale Districts DemonsSpringvale Reserve, Springvale Official Site 1993-Div 2: 2007
Div 3: 2018
Watsonia Football Club.jpg
St Kilda City SaintsPeanut Farm Reserve, St Kilda Official Site 1965-A2: 1971, 1980
Div 1: 2002, 2007, 2009, 2010
Div 2: 1998, 2005
Div 3: 1994
St Pauls football club colors.jpg
St Pauls BulldogsMcKinnon Reserve, Bentleigh Official Site 1993-Div 1: 2008, 2011, 2013, 2018

Division 2

ColoursClubNicknameGround LocationClub WebsiteYears in CompSFL Premierships
Elsternwick football club colors.jpg
Black Rock JetsMcDonald Reserve, Black Rock Official Site 1986-Div 3: 2004, 2007, 2015, 2022
Caulfield football club colors.jpg
Caulfield Bears BearsKoornang Park, Carnegie Official Site 1993-Div 2: 1994
Doveton football club colors.jpg
Doveton DovesRobinson Oval, Doveton Official Site 2022--
East Brighton football club colors.jpg
East Brighton VampiresHurlingham Park, Brighton East Official Site 1963-A1: 1966, 1973, 1976, 1991
A2: 1988
Div 1: 1993, 2004, 2012, 2014
Div 2: 2002
East Malvern football club colors.jpg
East Malvern
(Known as Tooronga/Malvern until 2012)
PanthersD. W. Lucas Oval, Malvern East Official Site 1964-A2: 1978, 1985, 1990
Div 2: 2012
Div 3:
2001
Hampton Park football club colors.jpg
Hampton Park RedbacksRobert Booth Reserve, Hampton Park2018-Div 3: 2019
Highett football club colors.jpg
Highett
(known as Highett Districts until 1997)
BulldogsTurner Road Reserve, Highett Official Site 1989-Div 2: 2004, 2011, 2018
Div 3: 1996
Keysborough football club colors.jpg
Keysborough BurrasRowley Allan Reserve, Keysborough Official Site 2015--
Murrumbeena football club colors.jpg
Murrumbeena LionsMurrumbeena Park, Murrumbeena Official Site 1963-A1: 1963, 1974
Div 2: 2003
Div 3: 1993
Skye football club colors.jpg
SkyeBombersCarrum Downs Recreation Reserve, Carrum Downs Facebook 2006-Div 3: 2009

Division 3

ColoursClubNicknameGround LocationClub websiteYears in CompSFL Premierships
Ashwood football club colors.jpg
Ashwood MagpiesEssex Heights Reserve, Ashwood Official Site 1985-Div 2: 1996, 2001
Carrum Patterson Lakes football club colors.jpg
Carrum Patterson Lakes Lions [9] Roy Dore Reserve, Carrum Official Site 2013- Reformed,
Carrum FC folded after the 1996 season in the MPNFL
-
Ivanhoe Amateur football club colors.jpg
Clayton ClaysMeade Reserve, Clayton Facebook 1982-1985, 1999 -A1: 1982, 1984
Div 1: 2001, 2006
Div 2: 2010
Endeavour Hills football club colors.jpg
Endeavour Hills FalconsBarry Simon Reserve, Endeavour Hills Facebook 2011-
Frankston Dolphins football club colors.jpg
Frankston Dolphins DolphinsOverport Park, Frankston South Official Site 2018--
Heatherton football club colors.jpg
Heatherton TunnersHeatherton Recreation Reserve, Heatherton Official Site 1993-Div 2: 2006, 2009
Div 3: 1998
Lyndhurst football club colors.jpg
Lyndhurst LightningMarriott Waters Reserve, Lyndhurst Official Site 2016-Div 4: 2022
Narre South Saints football club colors.jpg
Narre South Saints SaintsStrathaird Reserve, Narre Warren South Official Site 2020-

Division 4

ColoursClubNicknameGround LocationClub websiteYears in CompSFL Premierships
Cerberus football club colors.jpg
Cerberus DogsMcAuliffe Oval, HMAS Cerberus2018- Reformed (Previously competed 2004-2010)Div 4: 2018
Dandenong football club colors.jpg
DandenongRedlegs [10] Greaves Reserve, Dandenong Official site 1993- (known as Dandenong West until 2003,
Dandenong Demons until 2009)
(Not connected to former VFA club Dandenong)
-
Doveton Eagles football club colors.jpg
Doveton Eagles EaglesPower Reserve, Doveton Official Site 1995-Div 2: 2019
Div 3: 2013, 2017
Div 4: 1995
St Bernard's football club colors.jpg
Hampton HammersPeterson Street Reserve, Peterson Street, Highett Official Site 2022--
Lyndale football club colors.jpg
Lyndale PumasBarry Powell Reserve, Noble Park North Official Site 1993-Div 3: 2000
Div 4: 1997
Div 5: 1995
Moorabbin Kangaroos football club colors.jpg
Moorabbin KangaroosA.W Oliver Reserve, Hampton East Official Site 1993-Div 3: 2005, 2012
Div 5: 1993
Richmond Centrals football club colors.jpg
South Mornington TigersCitation Oval. Helena Street Mt Martha Official Site 2006, 2020--
South Yarra football club colors.jpg
South Yarra LionsLeigh Park, Balwyn North Facebook 1993-Div 3: 2008
Div 4: 1993, 2019

Thirds Only

ColoursClubNicknameGround LocationClub WebsiteYears in CompSFL Premierships
Hawthorn Football Club colours.jpg
HeatherhillHillsBruce Park, Frankston2023--
Sandown Cobras football club colors.jpg
Sandown Cobras CobrasEdinburgh Reserve, Springvale Official Site 1963-1976, 2002-1967, 1972, 1987, 1997

Women's Division 1

ColoursClubNicknameGround LocationClub WebsiteYears in CompSF Premierships
Bentleigh football club colors.jpg
BentleighDemonsBentleigh Reserve, Bentleigh Official Site 2018-
Casey Thunder football club colors.jpg
Casey ThunderThunderThe Hunt Club Reserve, Cranbourne East Facebook 2021-
East Brighton football club colors.jpg
East BrightonVampiresHurlingham Park, Brighton East Official Site 2018-
Endeavour Hills football club colors.jpg
Endeavour HillsFalconsSingleton Reserve, Endeavour Hills Facebook 2018-Div 1: 2019, 2022
Frankston Dolphins football club colors.jpg
Frankston DolphinsDolphinsOverpoint Park, Frankston South Official Site 2018-
Murrumbeena Women's football club colours.jpg
MurrumbeenaLionsMurrumbeena Park, Murrumbeena Official Site 2018-Div 1: 2018, 2017
Narre South Saints football club colors.jpg
Narre South SaintsSaintsStrathaird Reserve, Narre Warren South Official Site 2022-

Women's Division 2

ColoursClubNicknameGround LocationClub WebsiteYears in CompSFL Premierships
Black Rock Women's football club colours.jpg
Black RockJetsMcDonald Reserve, Black Rock Official Site 2022-Div 2: 2022
Casey Thunder football club colors.jpg
Casey ThunderThunderThe Hunt Club Reserve, Cranbourne East Facebook 2021-
Clayton Women's football club colours.jpg
ClaytonClaysMeade Reserve, Clayton Facebook 2018-Div 2: 2018
Lyndale football club colors.jpg
LyndalePumasBarry Powell Reserve, Noble Park North Official Site 2018-Div 2: 2019
St Pauls football club colors.jpg
Moorabbin/St PaulsBulldogsA.W. Oliver Reserve, Hampton East

McKinnon Reserve, Bentleigh

Moorabbin Official Site St Pauls Official Site 2022-
Skye football club colors.jpg
SkyeBombersCarrum Downs Recreation Reserve, Carrum Downs Facebook 2021-
South Yarra football club colors.jpg
South YarraLionsLeigh Park, Balwyn North Facebook 2018-

Previous Clubs

Folded/In Recess

ClubLast season
Ashburton-Chadstone Football Club1994
Box Hill Adelphians Football Club1995
Brooklyn Football Club2004
Camberwell Power Football Club1996
Carnegie Football Club1999
Caulfield-Ashburton Football Club 1989
Cheltenham Assumption Football Club1998
Collingwood Districts Football Club1995
East Hawthorn Football Club1987
East Malvern Amateurs1984
East Sandringham1975
Fairfield Football Club1995
Glen Iris Football Club1987
Heidelberg Colts Football Club1995
Mount Waverley Football Club 2019
North Blackburn Football Club1995
Parkmore Football Club2007
Richmond Rosellas Football Club1995
Southern Dragons2015

Merged

ClubClubYearResulting club
BurwoodEssex Heights1986 Ashwood
Burwood (United)Mount Waverley (separate from Mount Waverley Football Club)1993 Mount Waverley Burwood
East BentleighSt Paul's Bentleigh1996 St Pauls East Bentleigh
East CamberwellSurrey Hills1994 Surrey Park (moved to EFL in 2001)
HighettHighett West1989 Highett District
MentoneSt Bedes Old Collegians (VAFA)1993St Bedes Mentone Tigers (VAFA)
ParkdaleMentone Amateurs (previously St Patrick's Mentone) (VAFA)2003Parkdale Vultures (VAFA)
North KewKew Amateurs (VAFA)2007Kew Bears (VAFA)
Mount Waverley BurwoodWaverley Amateurs1998 Waverley Blues (EFL)

Moved to Eastern Football League

ClubLast season in SFL
Balwyn 2006
Box Hill Pioneers 1997
Canterbury 2008
Noble Park 1999
Oakleigh District 2022
Surrey Park 2001

Moved to Mornington Peninsula Nepean Football League

Moved to Northern Football League

Moved to Victorian Amateur Football Association

ClubLast season in SFL
Beaumaris 1994
Box Hill North 2001
Canterbury 2008
South Melbourne Districts1999
South Mornington2006 (returned to SFNL in 2019)
Syndal-Tally Ho (now known as Chadstone)1996

Moved to Yarra Valley Mountain District Football League/Outer East FNL

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